🔼The name Gershon: Summary
- From the verb גרש (garash), to drive out.
🔼The name Gershon in the Bible
Gershon is the first born son of Levi. He is a brother of Merari and Kohath, and father of Libni and Shimei. His family became known as the גרשני; Gershonites. They were to take care of the outer coverings of the tabernacle and the curtains that marked the outer court and the altar (Numbers 3:25-26). Gershon is called Gershom in 1 Chronicles 6:16.
🔼Etymology of the name Gershon
The name Gershon is probably the same name as Gershom, derived of the verb גרש (garash), meaning to drive or cast out:
The verb גרש (garash) means to drive away or expel. Noun גרושה (gerusha) means expulsion. Noun מגרש (migrash) denotes lands and secondary villages surrounding a city; the outliers. Noun גרש (geresh) means produce, perhaps because they pertain to the urban outliers, or else because veggies are things thrust up out of the ground.
The waw-nun extension denotes a personification of the root. Gershon means Expelled One or Exiled One.